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Promise keeper — not

Gazette staff May 21st, 2014

Wes Welker, Kentucky Derby champion. Wes Welker is not a horse — or a jockey (though he could have fooled us). He is a wide receiver for the Denver Broncos. But he still won the Kentucky Derby, or at least made a boatload of cash off it.

The former Heritage Hall standout attended the granddaddy of all horse races earlier this month, and he reportedly handed out $100 bills as he was leaving. That’s the Kentucky Derby equivalent of making it rain, people. (No word on what type of hat he was wearing at the time.)

“He said he just won the Kentucky Derby and proceeded to walk down the line until the police officer stopped him,” Marc Blanford, one of the beneficiaries of Welker’s humanitarianism, told USA Today. “I think six of us ended up with $100 bills.”

That was thoughtful of him, but the lavish Mr. Welker probably could have spared some of that chump change to New Jersey resident Nick Boyle, who claims he won a contest on Twitter in which Welker never paid up.

According to TMZ, Welker challenged his followers to name his recently acquired racehorse (again, lavish), offering the winner an all-expensepaid trip to watch the horse run in a race. Boyle reportedly won the contest but was rewarded with Welker unfollowing him on Twitter and disappearing into the netherworld.

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